Chores, chores, chores…who’s gonna help?

 

Chores are one of those miserable things that no one ever really likes to do but some secretly enjoy behind closed doors. Chores are also the thing often “pawned off” to some one else. My thought is that if everyone in the house just contributed to keeping themselves tidy, chores wouldn’t even really be a thing…or at least not as awful.

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Imagine if the whole family took 30 minutes each day and viola, you could head to the movies, park, mountain, library on Saturday?

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While we are tackling bedtime, why not throw in a few stress saving, chore reducing, happy family inducing tips too??

Daily chore calendar

Daily Chores Chart

Something like this gives you a daily task list up top with those easy to do everyday tasks which are so important for kids to learn (teaching a sense of responsibility, too!) while also adding one more super helpful family chore. These are also able to be tailored to age appropriateness which is a bonus is my book.

Presentation is everything! Something like this is fun for the kids who like to see their progress. With this set up you can use magnets and baking sheets to show your kids what is on the to-do list and give them a spot to put all the completed tasks. You could use velcro on a laminated paper, or “chore tokens” that go in a jar whatever it is that helps your kids see where they started and when they will be “done.” Just like I enjoy crossing off my to-do list, kids also like acknowledging their jobs well done regardless of the task.

magnet chore chart  paint different colors of wood circles for different kids

 

I also think it’s a fun idea to give a bonus for those chores that get done really focused and awesomely. Maybe even before the “assigned” day or without it being on the list. Teaching young that sometimes going the extra mile comes with a sweet reward encourages them to go for it all the time. Even if that sweet reward is just a few extra minutes with friends after school or an extra dessert in the lunch. It doesn’t always have to be a movie night, pizza party and $20 dollar bill (although a garage clean out, tupperware drawer organization, or donation closet clean out may warrant that), helping out is just that and it should always be acknowledged. My favorite is a thank you when one isn’t expecting it, or doesn’t know their good deed has been found out…the look is often priceless and the cost is nothing.

Here are a couple coupon ideas to get you started! Happy coupon-ing!

No one loves chores but they also don’t have to be a nightmare, hope you’ve found a hint or two to help you get the whole family in on the gig!

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Free weekend fun for all!

The weekend is nearly here and I’ve got a couple fun ideas for you and your family…best of all, they’re free! My favorite type of event 🙂

The first weekend in August is Seafair weekend in Seattle. This is an entire weekend of fun along the shores of Lake Washington. Hydro plane races, air shows put on by the Blue Angels, wakeboard demos, and BMX stunt shows. Depending on what interests you, find a park near the water (early!!!), pack snack and waters for all, a couple blankets to sit on and enjoy the celebration! For a full list of the schedule visit here. Be aware, some parks do charge admission/parking so research before heading out.

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At the Seattle Center:

-The Fountain!!!! Get your splash on and enjoy the sun!

-5:00 PM Summer Playground Party
Summer fun, music and creative play for the pre-teen crowd FREE
Next 50 Plaza

-As mentioned in a previous post, they are also hosting free movies at the mural starting at dusk. This weeks movie is LaLa Land

Free and fun for the art enthusist:

-Seattle Art Fair is going on this weekend. Many galleries are free and the fair is distributed throughout downtown. Check it out right here!

-Looking to get some music into your weekend? Why not visit the Ballard locks and enjoy a concert at the Locks? Take a glance at the calendar at  Hiram M. Chittenden Locks .

Have a fun free event in Seattle that I may have over looked? Please share here! We are always looking to add to our Northwest Bucket list, when it’s free its even more enjoyable!

Have an awesome weekend everyone! Stay cool and play hard!

 

Movies in the park!

Free movies in the park! I just had to share as whats better then a free event for a family on a budget or a nanny looking to spice up the day to day routine? One that last through dinner ( picnic and popcorn!) and up to bedtime.

Might I suggest checking out:

Crossroads Movies in the Park  for August shows

Downtown Bellevue Movies in the Park shows in July and August!

Movies at the Mural (aka the Seattle Center) also showings July and August

For a super extensive list of movies in the park go to https://www.seattlemet.com/articles/2017/6/9/seattle-summer-outdoor-movie-guide-2017